As the EU tries to rein in big tech, the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act have been passed; enforcement concerns remain

As the EU tries to rein in big tech, the Digital Markets Act and the Digital Services Act have been  ...

EU lawmakers gave the go light on Tuesday to important regulations that would reign in the power of internet behemoths like Google, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft, but enforcing them might be an issue due to regulators' limited resources.

lawmakers passed the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which requires online services to do more to detect illegal content.

For DMA misconduct and 6 percent for DSA violations, companies could be fined up to 10 percent of annual global turnover. In the previous year, legislators and EU governments reached an agreement on both sets of rules, leaving a few things to be clarified.

The two rulebooks for Big Tech were built on EU antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager's experiences with investigations into the corporations. She has established a DMA taskforce, with about 80 people expected to join up, which opponents claim is inadequate.

Andreas Schwab, a lawmaker who led the movement through the European Parliament, has called for the creation of a larger task force to combat big corporations' deep pockets.

The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) echoed the same concerns.

Last week, we told other civil society organizations that if the Commission does not hire the professionals it needs to monitor Big Techs practices in the market, the legislation might be stumbling as a result of inadequate enforcement, according to BEUC Deputy Director General Ursula Pachl.

The DMA is expected to impose changes on firms' businesses, including making their messaging services more interoperable and providing business users with access to their data.

Business users would be able to promote competing goods and services on a platform, and negotiate with customers on the platforms.

Companies will not be permitted to choose their own services over competitors or prohibit users from removing pre-installed software or apps, two restrictions that will impact Google and Apple.

Targeted advertising aimed at children or based on sensitive data such as religion, gender, race, and political opinions is prohibited by the DSA. Dark patterns, which are strategies that incite people to disclose personal information online, are also prohibited.

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